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BodyLanguageProjectCom - Unblinking EyeUnblinking eye: Research shows us that a steady stare of more than ten seconds creates anxiety and discomfort especially in subordinates making it a dominant signal.  When done by two equally dominant individuals it can lead to feelings of aggression and in extreme cases, even physical altercations.

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Uncommitted (liars):  The subconscious mind limbic mind of liars doesn’t allow them to motion or carry on with enthusiasm.  Liars will us duller motions and use less commitment to them.  This is part of the fight or flight response.

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Undershaker handshake:  A handshake that happens so quickly, that it’s actually offensive.  Indicates indifference and suspicion.

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BodyLanguageProjectCom - Undivided AttentionUndivided attention (nonverbal): When the entire body is directed at a speaker including toes, legs, torso, hands, arms, head and eyes.  It is a rare cue that happens when the body shows no signs of a desire to exit and is totally immersed.  It is most frequently found in lovers, but can also happen when being particularly moved through an extraordinary experience.  Other times, attention is usually being competed for and is visible through various inattention cues such as scanning the room, pointing the feet toward an exit and so forth.

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Unemotional or flat voice: A voice that lacks emotional characteristics.  This voice trait can indicate boredom, anger, resentment, frustration, depression or a physical ailment.

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BodyLanguageProjectCom - Uneven Smile 1 BodyLanguageProjectCom - Uneven Smile 2Uneven smile:  This is associated with tongue-in-cheek humour or sarcasm and happens when only one side of the face sports a smile and the other side does not.  The opposite side may even be down turned or frowning indicated the presence of opposite or conflicting emotions.  The uneven smile would accompany cheeky humour amongst friends.

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Unintentional gestures: Body movements that happen out of conscious awareness.  These gestures are usually more honest than other gestures since they happen naturally and are not the result of planned impression management.

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Universal facial expressions: There are six main facial expressions that are found throughout the world.  They are happiness, sadness, surprise, fear, anger and disgust.

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Universal gestures: These are nonverbal postures and positions that have meaning across cultures and include smiles, frowns, grimace, grief as well as shoulder shrugs, hiding the face for embarrassment, pointing and beckoning.

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BodyLanguageProjectCom - Universal TellsUniversal tells: Gestures and postures that are the same across culture that are the most reliable in reading other people.  An example of a ‘universal tell’ is compressed lips which indicating that a person is holding a negative thought.

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BodyLanguageProjectCom - Unmatched Face 1 BodyLanguageProjectCom - Unmatched Face 2Unmatched face: A facial expression that is uneven across each side of the face.  In other words, it is stronger on one side than the other, but otherwise shows the same expression.  Unmatched or asymmetrical expressions give clues to deceptive expressions.

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Unvoiced laughs: Includes laughs such as snorts, grunt and pants rather then song like laughs such as the characteristics “ha, ha, ha”.  These types of laughs seen as less attractive.

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BodyLanguageProjectCom - Unwavering Gaze 1 BodyLanguageProjectCom - Unwavering Gaze 2Unwavering gaze: In most animal species unwavering gaze is used to display dominance and aggression when it happens between members of the same species.  When it happens across species it indicates that a prey has been centered out and the stalk has begun.

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BodyLanguageProjectCom - Up Nonverbals Or UpwardnessUp nonverbals or upwardness: A term that encompasses body language such as toes aimed upward while standing (heel down, weight on opposite foot), thumbs up, chin up, raised arms, etc.  These “up” nonverbals are gravity defying body language because they are difficult to do and require effort and commitment.  This makes these cues honest and ones that a nonverbalist can rely on.

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BodyLanguageProjectCom - Upper Arm Grip 2Upper arm grip: A posture where the arm is wrap in behind the back to reach to wrist are upper arm.  This indicates an attempt at self-control as a result of negative thoughts.

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Upper arm grip handshake (the): An intimate political-type handshake where the hands meet and the opposite hand reaches up to grasp the upper left arm just above the elbow.  In the wrong context, this handshake will seem insincere and off-putting so should only be used with extreme caution.

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Upper lip bite: When the lower teeth bite at the upper lip.  This is a signal of true anxiety or when done routinely a pacifying gestures aimed at calming a person.

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BodyLanguageProjectCom - Upper SmileUpper smile:  In this smile the upper lid is raised to expose only the top row of teeth, but the true significance is that the lower teeth remain hidden.  The jaw and teeth remain closed and the message conveyed is of medium pleasure and from those who are insecure.  Used car salesman, who beam light from their teeth in this way, will seem to have a hidden agenda.

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